FWD>p-trak and personal inf -Reply

From: Tani Downing <tdowning[_at_]le.state.ut.us>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 1996 08:54:03 -0600

A representative for Lexis-Nexis informed our office that at one time the social security numbers were available in the database for those accessing it. No doubt the information was downloaded by someone during that time and many people have it now. Proving it came from Lexis-Nexis would be a problem though.

The representative told us that we could request that our names be taken of P-Trak now, but if any information about us are in any future update Lexis-Nexis purchases from TransUnion Credit Reporting Agency, we are back in their database again. So, it appears that if you want your name out of their database, you will have to send a request in to them on a continuing basis.

I am concerned about a couple things. First, I am concerned about all of the private information about us that TransUnion has that could somehow end up in the Lexis-Nexis database in the future, just as the social security numbers did at one time. Second, I am sure Lexis-Nexis isn't the only database out there with public, and maybe private, information about us in it.

Tani Pack Downing

On Tue, 24 Sep 1996, <Martha_Luehrmann[_at_]macmail.lbl.gov> wrote:
> This is welcome news because it improves the picture a little on the
> global issue of privacy in an internet world. I'm still happy that
> I got myself removed from P-Trak.
> The news about the absence of social security numbers is, as I
> understand it, only partially true. The numbers are still there,
> because that's one of the main keys on which the database is organized,
> but they are passworded or encoded so they are not available to the
> general populace. While this is nice, I've known too many adept
> hackers to put much faith in it.
> Martha Luehrmann
> MRLuehrmann[_at_]LBL.gov
> --------------------------------------
> > From: MRLuehrmann[_at_]LBL.gov (9/24/96)
> > From: George C. Ruben (9/24/96)
> > From cray[_at_]Internet.omm.com (9/24/96)
> >
> > Subject: p-trak
> >
> > For those of you who are interested, there are further developments
> > re:the now-infamous LEXIS P-Trak database. The FTC is reportedly now
> > recommending broader protection for consumer data. Under the proposal,
> > Social Security numbers, previous addresses and mothers' maiden names
> > would be given the same protection as full credit reports, which may
> > only be provided for a few specified uses. They would not be available
> > for sale to database operators.
> >
> > According to LEXIS' most recent statement, P-Trak contains names,
> > current addresses, previous addresses, telephone numbers, ages and,
> > occassionally, the individual's maiden name. It does NOT contain an
> > individual's Social Security number ( due to earlier complaints) or
> > his/her mother's maiden name). For those of you seeking to get
> > yourselves out of the P-Trak database, you can send a request with
> > your full name and address to LEXIS via:
> >
> > e-mail: p-trak[_at_]prod.lexis-nexis.com
> > toll-free fax: (800) 470-4365
> > letter: Attention: P-Trak
> > P.O. Box 933
> > Dayton, OH 45401
> > call toll-free: (888) 965-3947
Received on Fri Sep 27 1996 - 15:32:43 GMT

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